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Obama Criticizes Former Lawmaker in New Ad

Barack Obama is airing yet another TV ad in Pennsylvania. This one goes after a former congressman to remind voters that Obama casts himself as a Washington "outsider."

In the ad, Obama refers to a provision in the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act: "Medicare could not negotiate with drug companies."

"The chairman of the committee who pushed the law through went to work for the pharmaceutical industry making $2 million a year. Imagine that. That's an example of the same old game playing in Washington," Obama says.

Obama's referring to former Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.), who left Congress in 2005 to become President and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which is the second-largest purchaser of lobbying services, according to a recent Washington Post report, and CQ MoneyLine.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  April 10, 2008; 11:10 AM ET Ad Watch , Barack Obama
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